Frequently Asked Questions
ReSurge International teams include volunteer plastic surgeons, anesthesiologists, pediatricians, operating room and recovery room nurses, nurse educators, physical and occupational therapists, as well as trip coordinator/translators (C/Ts) fluent in the local language. At this time, we do not take volunteers who do not fit within these specialties.
What if I’m a resident or in medical school?
We do not allow surgical residents or medical school students on our surgical team trips. ReSurge will occasionally allow residents on Visiting Educator trips, provided they travel with an attending doctor and their host institution covers the resident’s travel costs. We also have internship opportunities available in our home office. Please see information on our internships.
What if I’m not a medical professional?
The only way to volunteer on our trips as a non-medical staff is if you speak one of the languages of our host countries at a high proficiency level. If so, we encourage you to apply for a coordinator/translator position. Coordinator/translators provide general patient, family and team support and perform clerical work throughout the surgical team trip. As mentioned above, we also offer internship opportunities in our Sunnyvale, CA office.
What is the cost?
Unlike many organizations, our trip participants pay only a flat fee of $350 that goes toward travel expenses; ReSurge covers all remaining transportation and accommodation costs, although team members are responsible for some of their own meals during the trip. Additional voluntary contributions to help defray trip expenses are always welcomed.
What is the difference between a Visiting Educator trip and a Surgical Team Trip?
ReSurge’s Surgical Team Trips consist of the volunteers, equipment, and supplies to essentially form a mobile operating room, with the goal of integrating into the local medical system to provide high-quality care to as many patients as possible. These teams also work with local medical professionals to exchange knowledge and model international best practices in reconstructive surgery.
The goal of the Visiting Educator trips is to educate developing world doctors in an effort to build local capacity and create long-term, sustainable surgical care. These smaller teams focus on teaching specific techniques in all the various specialties involved with reconstructive surgery, through hands-on training and formal lectures.
How big are the teams?
Surgical Team Trips generally include 10 to 15 team members, while Visiting Educator trips consist of 1 to 5 volunteers; we strive to maintain small teams so as not to overwhelm our host country colleagues and local medical facilities.
How long are the trips?
Our Surgical Team Trips are generally two weeks long. Visiting Educator trips are usually 1 to 1.5 weeks. At this time, we do not offer long-term volunteer placements.
Where can I volunteer?
Where you can volunteer depends on our trip schedule for that year. Please note, the list of countries, locations and dates vary yearly. To see our current trip schedule, or to request a trip, click here.
How can I apply?
To apply to become a credentialed volunteer, please download the appropriate applications using the links below. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to view these PDF files. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, click here for the free download.
Submit by mail:
Once printed and completed, send your full application packet to:
ATTN: Dora Rusin-Gomez
Assistant Director, Volunteer Services and Medical Supplies
Use Adobe Reader to complete the application form. To digitally sign, click the “Signature” box and follow the on-screen instructions. Be sure to save the completed form.
Email a PDF file of your completed, signed form and other requested application materials to Dora Rusin-Gomez at firstname.lastname@example.org.